St Paul’s College in Kempsey is within the Macleay Valley Food Bowl precinct, which has around 650 local agribusinesses.
The college empowers students to aim for personal excellence in all areas of their life. In partnership with families, the college emphasises leadership, responsibility, service and the dignity of the individual.
In 2015 the college expanded its vocational education program and opened a trades skill centre to focus on primary industries, hospitality and construction.
The 2019-20 bushfires severely affected the region and many college families and students were impacted directly. Members of the community lost their lives, 67 homes were destroyed, six bridges damaged and countless out-buildings razed. The community needed help getting back on its feet.
Teachers, students and families joined BlazeAid to build new fences, supporting the local farmers devastated by the fires. The students used the fencing skills they acquired in the primary industries course.
St Paul’s College prides itself in giving students a relevant and student-centred education, preparing them for a successful transition to work.